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RSE Group visits European Parliament

Posted 07/06/2013

On 30th May the RSE took a group of twenty five academics and university research funding administrators to visit the European Parliament in Brussels to learn more about the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding programme.  The group were welcomed by Alyn Smith MEP, whose office had organised the day of meetings for the group and subsidised the visit.

The group met with three of the six Scottish MEPs and learned how the European Parliament operates and its relationship with the Council of the European Union and the European Commission.  The group then had a series of meetings which included presentations from:- John Smith, Deputy Secretary General (Research & Innovation) of the European University Association (EUA); Benjamin Turner, Policy Analyst in the Support to the Scientific Council unit of the European Research Centre (ERC); Scottish Government EU Office officials; Luca Polizzi and Charles Abbott of Scotland Europa; and Brendan Hawdon, Head of Unit – Framework Programme, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission.

All but two of the Scottish Universities were represented in the group and a wealth of information was gained which included:-

  • the funding available through Horizon 2020 (€70 billion - still to be finalised)
  • the three priority areas (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges)
  • the timeline – first call expected on 1 January 2014

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